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05/22/2015 VATICAN
Pope: reflect on "Jesus' gaze upon us", "he chooses us, forgives us and he sends us on mission."
"Lord, fix your gaze on me and tell me what I must do; how should I lament my mistakes, my sins; what is the courage with which I must continue on the path You have first travelled".
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Reflect on the "gaze of Jesus upon us", "He always looks at us with love. He asks something of us, forgives us and send us on a mission".  This was Pope Francis  invitation at Mass this...

05/22/2015 SYRIA - IRAQ
Islamic State takes entire border between Syria and Iraq
The terrorists now control of the last frontier zone under the control of the Syrian government. 95 thousand square meters of land, about 50% of the total, now in the hands of jihadists. Military successes also in neighboring Iraq. Washington says challenge of Caliphate "is increasingly difficult to deal with."
05/21/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Christians must seek unity, struggling against "the spirit of the world", which creates division
On the eve of the Passion, Jesus prayed "for the unity of his people, for the Church." But Jesus "knows that the spirit of the world" is "a spirit of division, of war, of envy, jealousy, even in families, even in religious families, even in the diocese, even in the Church as a whole: it is the great temptation".
05/21/2015 SYRIA
Syria: Islamic State takes Palmyra, Unesco heritage site at risk
The militiamen control the "totality" of the ancient city as government soldiers flee. Half of Syrian territory is in the hands of the jihadist group. Mass evacuation of citizens, in some places there are still "violent clashes". Archaeologists and activists call for the intervention of the US-led coalition. Now the IS points to the gas fields of Deir al-Zour.
05/20/2015 TAJIKISTAN
Bogus permits sold to allow Muslims to grow a beard or wear a veil
Tajikistan has been forcing Muslim men to shave their beards to counter Islamic extremism. Prosecutors are investigating the sale of bogus permits, something denied by the committee in charge of such documents. Top paramilitary official has been arrested on his way to Syria to fight with the Islamic State group.

05/20/2015 VATICAN
Pope: pray for the Catholics of China and for persecuted Christians
"Religious freedom is a human right". In Italy the Pentecost Vigil will be recall our "many brothers and sisters exiled or killed simply because they are Christians." On May 24 the prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan. Chinese Catholics are "credible witnesses" of merciful love and live "spiritually united to the rock of Peter on which the Church is built." The family’s "natural vocation to educate", must not be replaced by "experts" and “intellectual critics".
05/20/2015 ISRAELE - PALESTINE
Palestinians banned from using same buses as Israelis
New "security" measures rolled out today. They will result in Palestinians who work in Israel spending an extra two hours commuting per day. NGOs slam the measures as "racist" and "shameful".
05/19/2015 ASIA
Vigil for persecuted Christians, our teachers in the mission in the West
by Bernardo Cervellera
The "wall of indifference and cynicism" and the silence and apathy so often denounced by Pope Francis have become almost a fortress. Such persecution reflects confessional manipulation, which slams Islam as such, and ideological manipulation, which forgets what is happening in North Korea or China. An increasingly post-Christian Europe seems disinterested in Christians.
05/19/2015 VATICAN
Pope: reflect on final farewells, of those forced to leave their land for good, on the one that awaits us all
In life there are “goodbyes” and “final farewells”, such as for those people who are forced to leave their homes - the Rohingya of Myanmar, Christians and Yazidis in Syria and Iraq - and the final farewell that awaits us all. That is the moment when we entrust our soul, our story our loved ones to God.
05/19/2015 S. ARABIA - PAKISTAN
Riyadh looks to Pakistan to purchase nuclear weapons
Saudi Arabia ready to stock up on nuclear warheads to counter Iran. According to a US source an agreement is already in place with Islamabad. Fears mount of regional arms race, with Egypt and Turkey at the forefront.
05/18/2015 VATICAN
Pope: at this troubled time in history, bishops must comfort, help, and encourage everyone, without distinction
They must disavow and defeat a mind-set of corruption, defend the people of God "from ideological colonisations that take away their human identity and dignity,” reinforce without clericalism “the essential role of lay people who want to assume the responsibilities that fall to them”, translate pastoral choices and documents “into concrete and understandable proposals”, and promote collegiality and communion.
05/18/2015 VATICAN
Pope: an end to “this interminable” conflict in the Holy Land and the persecution of Christians
This was Pope Francis’ prayer request this morning to a group of Carmelite nuns and Sisters of the Rosary, who had arrived in Rome from Bethlehem and the Middle East for the canonization of the first two Palestinian saints of the modern era.
05/18/2015 IRAQ - SYRIA
Islamic State takes Ramadi but withdraws from Palmyra in Syria
The Iraqi prime minister appeals to troops not to retreat and announces the dispatch of Shiite militias in support. But the city is in the hands of the Islamists, who have commandeered tanks and missiles. Pentagon, says the situation remains "fluid". In Syria, a US special forces raid leaves four prominent IS leaders dead. The destruction of the UNESCO heritage averted, thus far.
05/17/2015 VATICAN
Pope: We and the four new saints, witnesses of the Resurrection "where forgetfulness of God and human disorientation are most evident "
Francis proclaims four religious sisters saints: one French, one Italian, two Palestinians: Maria Alfonsina Danil Ghattas, the foundress of the Sisters of the Rosary, and the Carmelite Maria of Crucified Jesus (nee Maria Bawardy). Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority present. "Abiding in Christ" and cultivating “unity among us" are essential signs of witness. Maria Bawardy, "instrument of encounter and communion with the Muslim world".
05/16/2015 VATICAN - PALESTINE
Pope receives Mahmoud Abbas, "may you be an angel of peace"
"Great satisfaction" for agreement reached between the Vatican and Palestine and "hope" that negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis can resume marked the audience this morning between Francis and the President of the "State of Palestine".

Altri articoli
05/16/2015 EGYPT
Egypt: death penalty for former President Mohamed Morsi
05/15/2015 PALESTINE – VATICAN
Palestinian saints, flame of love that illuminates the persecuted Christians of the Middle East by Fady Noun 

05/15/2015 ISLAM – MIDDLE EAST
For Al-Baghdadi, Islam is a religion of war, a shrewd message according to Father Samir by Samir Khalil Samir
05/15/2015 VATICAN
Pope: a fearful or joyless community is "sick", "not Christian"
05/14/2015 CARITAS – ASIA
For Card Maradiaga, the future of Caritas "lies in Asia, to respond to the problems of the world" by Giulia Mazza
05/14/2015 VATICAN - PALESTINE
Vatican and Palestinian agreement helping hand to Christians in the Middle East by Bernard Sabella
05/14/2015 CARITAS - CYPRUS
Caritas Cyprus: Building a culture of peace and reconciliation between Europe and the Middle East
05/14/2015 IRAQ – UNITED STATES
Iraqi nun says Islamic State wants the human and cultural genocide of Christians by suor Diana Momeka*
05/13/2015 INDIA
The Churches of Asia join the vigil for persecuted Christians by Card. Oswald Gracias
05/13/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "Please", "thank you" and "sorry", the words for "a good family life"
05/13/2015 YEMEN
Fragile humanitarian truce holds, for now, in Yemen
05/12/2015 VATICAN
For pope, God will ask the powerful of the Earth “if they really provide[d] food for Him in every person”
05/12/2015 PALESTINE – ISRAEL – VATICAN
Pope Francis to canonise two Palestinian nuns, “blessing" for a Middle East thirsty for peace by Joshua Lapide
05/11/2015 YEMEN – SAUDI ARABIA
Shia Houthi rebels ready to accept Saudi ceasefire proposal
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Vigil for persecuted Christians, our teachers in the mission in the West
by Bernardo CervelleraThe "wall of indifference and cynicism" and the silence and apathy so often denounced by Pope Francis have become almost a fortress. Such persecution reflects confessional manipulation, which slams Islam as such, and ideological manipulation, which forgets what is happening in North Korea or China. An increasingly post-Christian Europe seems disinterested in Christians.
VATICAN
Pope: We and the four new saints, witnesses of the Resurrection "where forgetfulness of God and human disorientation are most evident "Francis proclaims four religious sisters saints: one French, one Italian, two Palestinians: Maria Alfonsina Danil Ghattas, the foundress of the Sisters of the Rosary, and the Carmelite Maria of Crucified Jesus (nee Maria Bawardy). Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority present. "Abiding in Christ" and cultivating “unity among us" are essential signs of witness. Maria Bawardy, "instrument of encounter and communion with the Muslim world".
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05/19/2015 RUSSIA – CHINA
Moscow Patriarchate: China authorises the ordination of Chinese Orthodox priests on its territory
by Marta Allevato
05/15/2015 ISLAM – MIDDLE EAST
For Al-Baghdadi, Islam is a religion of war, a shrewd message according to Father Samir
by Samir Khalil Samir
05/17/2015 VATICAN
Pope: We and the four new saints, witnesses of the Resurrection "where forgetfulness of God and human disorientation are most evident "
05/15/2015 RUSSIA
Chechen official wants a minor as a second wife, the Kremlin turns a blind eye
by Nina Achmatova
05/15/2015 PALESTINE – VATICAN
Palestinian saints, flame of love that illuminates the persecuted Christians of the Middle East
by Fady Noun 

05/16/2015 VATICAN - PALESTINE
Pope receives Mahmoud Abbas, "may you be an angel of peace"
05/19/2015 ASIA
Vigil for persecuted Christians, our teachers in the mission in the West
by Bernardo Cervellera
05/15/2015 CARITAS – KYRGYZSTAN
Meerim Nuru, an oasis of peace for Kyrgyzstan’s disabled children
05/15/2015 PAKISTAN – ISLAM
Catholics and Muslims united in mourning, after the slaughter of Ismaili Shias in Karachi
by Jibran Khan – Silent Thinker
05/18/2015 NEPAL
Quake survivors forced to drink contaminated water, “only the Christians help us”
by Christopher Sharma

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